Parsha Notes: B’reishith 5782

Parsha Notes: B’reishith 5782

Unlike Rashi, who usually interprets words from the root quf-daleth-mem as having to do with the east, i.e. spatially, Onqelos frequently interprets words from that root (and other roots) as having to do with an earlier time, just as he translates the word b’reishith, with one notable exception (Genesis 2:14): וְשֵׁם הַנָּהָר הַשְּׁלִישִׁי חִדֶּקֶל, הוּא … Continue reading

Why Hide the Ark of the Covenant, Part 2

Why Hide the Ark of the Covenant, Part 2

(Part 1) As the Ninth of Av approaches, I am reminded of the critical cultural revolution that is necessary for our people to get back to the state of affairs in which the national day of mourning becomes a holiday. The number 40 is one of those frequently recurring biblical motifs, like the numbers 7, … Continue reading